10 May 2014

Google Offline Maps for iPhones and Android smartphones; Apple buys Beats a Sign of Decline?


With apologies to Winston Churchill, this is not the end of Apple, but it may be the beginning of the end of Apple:

On Streaming: Apple, Beats & Spotify | Om Malik: "...If that brand thing is indeed true, then Apple is in big trouble — because that implies that the Apple brand is not as cool and premium as it has been. I don’t think that is the case. Revenues aren’t really a problem for Apple. So that leaves them buying into a new category — aka headphones. It makes no sense since Apple can make sh_tty headphones (and some say they do) and get even more premium pricing than Beats headphones....Bottom-line: I am down on this deal. This is a reactive move — at best. Steve Jobs’ Apple would have pushed to make something better, but even he struggled to come to terms with Internet and Internet thinking. That hasn’t changed."

How to save Google Maps offline on iOS and Android devices | BGR: "Google has just rolled out a major Google Maps update for mobile devices, available to both iOS and Android users, which brings several interesting features, including the ability to save maps offline in order to access them later without needing an Internet connection. PhoneArena has put together a quick guide on how to save offline maps on Android devices, although the same procedure is available to iOS users as well.

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